Nowadays, we’re all too used to our smart phones, tablets and computers. They’re making it easier than ever to access all kinds of information and services. Communication, entertainment, purchasing goods. It’s all getting quicker and more intuitive. People are getting quicker to use modern tech for all kinds of needs. But are they prepared for the risks that come with it? In this article, we’re going to look at a few ways you should be prepared to protect yourself.
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Who’s calling you?
One device that a growing majority of people have on them at all times is a phone. With so many users, it only makes sense that wrongdoers would see a broader reach of people to target. People who could be tricked into giving details that can be used for nefarious purposes. That’s why you should always be wary of those who are calling you on an unknown number. Sites like www.whocalledme.com can help you find out the truth of that number. Never give your financial details over the phone on an incoming call, as well.
Making transactions on the internet
There’s a whole new the simplicity and the popularizing of shopping on the internet. There’s also a whole generation of consumers all too happy to make most purchases online. Again, all these eager customers make fine target for those willing to con them. Not just by not delivering what they promise, but also by misleading them about the products they sell. Make sure that when you buy on the internet, you do your research. If you can’t find enough testimony that a site or vendor is trustworthy, then it’s better not to buy from them at all.
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Keeping your network secure
It’s not just you who are at risk at giving up your details. Your home network could very well be responsible too. Keep your home network safe by securing your wireless router. Change the name, the password and use a firewall. This stop hackers from being able to access your network and send communications that could be harmful to you and other users. If you’re connecting multiple devices to the network, make sure they also have means of protection. The kind of protection that we’re going to talk about in the next point.
Regular scans keep a computer health
Malicious software, or malware, comes in a few different types. Viruses are a range of diverse malware that can install unwanted or harmful programs, delete your data and do a lot more. Meanwhile, spyware infect your computer for the usual purpose of trying to get your details to send to whoever is on the giving end of it. Make sure that all your internet-surfing devices are protected. Use software that fights both viruses and malware. Www.techtarget.com and similar sites can help you find the right software for you. Just remember to scan your devices a regularly as you can.
You don’t want your details, personal or financial, falling into the wrong hands. Keep the following tips in mind and always be wary when using modern tech.